Valiant Belgian IPA - Dead Frog Brewing
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.35/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange colour. The Belgian IPA is being interpreted in a lot of different ways these days, and this is a unique take. The nose has notes of funk, lemon and piney hops. Seems promising. The taste is, however, an unbalanced mix of sweet malt/sugar and very bitter hops on the finish. Maybe it needs a little more bottle time to settle down a bit, but it seems a little out of sync right now.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2013 22:02:49 | More by CookstLiquor
3.94/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
650ml bottle, the latest brewer to jump on this emerging style, which in laymen drinking terms means a sort of glut on the market right now. Oh well. This one follows the Belgian thread a bit further down the braised rabbit hole, as it lists invert sugar as an ingredient.
This beer pours a hazy pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, silky, foamy off-white head, which leaves a stacked array of dripping paint lace around the glass as it slowly abates.
It smells of musty, kind of herbal yeast, sassy grapefruit and orange peel, grainy caramel malt, and a further leafy, earthy hoppiness. The taste is big, bitter, kind of acerbic citrus and pine hops, an almost equally strong herbal yeastiness, singed and honeyed white sugar, a hint of earthy funk, and more musty, dry leafy hops.
The bubbles are laid-back, but duly supportive when it matters, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, the sugar duking it out with the hops for any lingering smoothness claims. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt holding tough in the face of the Wil Smith-funky yeast and edgy fruity, piney, and herbal hops. Hardly even an echo of the full 9 points of ABV resonates, in a sensibly agreeable manner.
An interesting and ultimately enjoyable version of the style, in that it shows how things are still evolving, which isn't all that surprising when one tries to merge two distinct styles - the tilt of the balance will heavily inform the result. Here, Dead Frog has opted to go big or go home, shoring up both legs of the family tree, achieving a heightened, level aerie, with only some piddling mutant stragglers milling about. Good stuff, and more than worthy of a try.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 03:38:59 | More by biboergosum
Valiant Belgian IPA from Dead Frog Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.